Tips and Techniques for Driving in the Rain

Posted on : October 30, 2014
Driving in heavy rain can be extremely dangerous. Rain is blamed for thousands of accidents a year. However, many of these accidents are avoidable. When the road is wet it causes the tires to loose traction, this can lead to skidding off the road and a longer break time. In addition, the rain severely reduces driver visibility. Here are some tips that will help keep you, and those who share the road with you, from becoming another rainy-day accident statistic.

Engine oil and grease accumulate in the roads over time making it extremely slippery when in contact with water and can cause skidding. That’s way you should take extreme precaution on the road when it starts to rain by giving yourself enough room between you and the car in front of you for breaking. Another way to avoid skidding when breaking is to slow down! By reducing your speed the car will need less time to come to a full stop. Another way to practice safe driving in the rain is to turn on your headlights. In Florida by law drivers must turn on their headlights in rain, this allows other drivers to see your headlights and tail lights through the grey skies and pouring rain. It is also important to use your turn signals, while this is important in everyday driving, it is extra important to use them driving in the rain. This is so other drivers know your intentions and brake earlier and with less force than normally and reduce skidding. Taking a few precautions and using wet-weather driving techniques will keep you from ending up sopping wet on the shoulder of the freeway, waiting for a tow truck. Or worse.

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